(CNN) – The Department of Homeland Security is changing its no-fly list update policies to prevent a repeat of what happened Monday, when the suspect in the Times Square attempted bombing was allowed to board a plane despite his name being on the no-fly list, a DHS official told CNN Wednesday.
The official said the Transportation Security Administration will require airlines to check the no-fly list within two hours of being electronically notified of additions or changes. Previously, airlines were required to re-check the list within 24 hours.
Faisal Shahzad, who has been charged in connection with the attempted bombing in Times Square, was able to board Emirates Flight 202 late Monday despite being put on a no-fly list earlier in the day. He made his reservation by phone as he drove to the airport just hours before the flight, investigators said. When he paid for his ticket in cash at the ticket counter, the airline had not refreshed its information so his name did not raise any red flags, a senior counterterrorism official told CNN.
(CNN) – President Obama is giving the green light to spend federal disaster funds for relief in Nashville and surrounding counties. As swollen rivers and creeks begin to recede, officials are also trying to pump water out of some of the city's biggest landmarks, but flooding downtown has shut-down electricity making things even more difficult. Our Martin Savidge has the report.
(CNN) – Today in our ongoing series, Building Up America, we show you how some people are beating the recession by literally going back to their roots. Our John Zarrella visits a farmers market flourishing in the big city that's helping people afford "healthy and fresh" foods.
(CNN) – Every year in New York, 500 people die waiting for an organ transplant. Willie Brodsky is lucky she wasn't one of them. She was saved not once, but twice by donors. Her father, Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, hopes to save more lives by proposing a bill in the state assembly that would switch the organ donor system from "opt-in" to "opt-out." They joined us on Wednesday's American Morning.
Sound off: Are you an organ donor? What do you think of the proposed bill?
(CNN) – Cleanup and containment efforts in the Gulf of Mexico are now a race against time. BP says it's doing everything it can to try and bottle up the disastrous oil spill and minimize the damage.
Doug Suttles is the company's chief operating officer for exploration and production. He spoke to us on Wednesday's American Morning, saying he's confident in the company's efforts.
(CNN) – For crews trying to clean up the oil slick in the gulf, the time to act is now. Calm winds and waves are preventing the worst of the oil from drifting ashore. And while officials say the slick should remain at sea for at least the next two days, already marine life is paying the price. Our David Mattingly saw first hand the impact this oil is having on the wildlife.